Media Titan John C. Malone, is completing on nearly one million acres of timberland in Maine, and could soon overtake Ted Turner to become the largest private landowner in the United States. Will he register on landbuddy.com in the category “Off-grid and wants others to join”? We hope so.
This land is your land, this land is my land
From California, to the New York Island
From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me
Mr. Malone, who lives in Colorado, has a controlling interest in QVC cable channel; Expedia.com, travel Web site; and Sirius XM satellite radio.
But what will he do with the land – enough to house hundreds of thousands of Americans? (more…)
A mix of biomimicry and solar power offers the best hope for low cost off-grid energy in the near future.
The Gratzel solar cell imitates Nature’s way of converting sunlight to energy and is slowly making its debut in a variety of products.
The technology uses a photosensitive dye to start its energy production, the same way leaves use chlorophyll to begin photosynthesis.
The dye-sensitized cells provide power for devices ranging from e-book readers to cellphones — and will take some interesting forms. For e-book readers, for example, the cells may be found in thin, flexible panels stitched into the reader’s cover.
German photonics expert Prof Michael Gratzel is the inventor of the dye-sensitised solar cells. often known as Gratzel cells or Gratzel solar cells. Because these are low-cost photovoltaics, they are largely being developed for use in Africa and India by G24 Innovations of California.
This means off-grid users in the West risk losing out on the earliest deployments although panels will also be housed in new lines of backpacks and sports bags, where they can recharge devices like cellphones and music players. (more…)
While the San Andreas fault has the attention of most doomsday scenario buffs, the lesser known New Madrid Fault System is the one that has FEMA (Department of Homeland Security; Federal Emergency Management Agency) tied up in knots.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there were over 500 measurable earthquakes in the New Madrid Fault System since September. A massive quake in this area would kill or injure millions and leave 14 million homeless. (more…)
Just getting started on my project. We have twenty acres down on the Salt Fork of the Oklahoma Red River. The view is worth all the trouble. To your left is the river front, 300 hundred yards of river sand bar for the kids to play on. Just to the right is a creek that is about twenty feet deep. It is easy to catch a mess of fish for supper. We have two four wheelers to get around on the property and to run up and down the river. Nearest power utilities is about two miles away, you have to drive down an irrigation canal, through a cotton field, then a wheat field, and then another three quarters of a mile after you enter our property. Needless to say getting utilities to our site is cost prohibitive. (more…)
Universities and research institutes are making fast progress in research to enhance solar cell efficiency. For example, Stanford University is working on Photon Enhanced Thermion Emission (PETE) that can double solar cell efficiency. Some other projects are near commercial launch with efficiency rates in the 30-40% range. (more…)
In New Zealand, King Country electricity users are waging a war of words against a lines company that has hiked its charges. Line companies do not charge for power – which is supplied by another organisation, but simply have a monopoly on the power lines in this far-flung outlying area on New Zealand’s West Coast.
Customers of a King Country electric lines company which has almost tripled some of its charges have taken out an advertising campaign accusing it of “public relations spin and b******t.”
Customers of The Lines Company (TLC), which services 20,000 homes, farms and businesses from Otorohanga to Ohakune, are being asked to forward complaints to the Electricity and Gas Commissioner after changes were made to TLC’s pricing plan last year. (more…)
An old mountain bike, some DIY know-how, a length of tube and a few coats of paint against the elements is all that is needed to turn an old piston-pump into your own fully-functioning mechanical water pump.
This film made in county Mayo shows how to get yourself 10 liters per minute. (more…)
Have you decided to go off the grid and looking to make the move?
We can help you find the ideal off-grid community and want to film you as you make the transition.
If you’re interested, submit a short video (3 minutes) .here: http://www.off-grid.net/videos/ - in the video give answers to the questions below:
Can you tell us about yourself - work, home etc?
Where you live now – city and country – and where you want to live? Why you want to make this move now?
What will be hardest to leave behind?
What you most look forward to leaving behind?
Who will be making the move – just you/ friends/ family etc?
What could you offer your off the grid community i.e. special skills/ resources?
If you are already off the grid, would you like to host a family of newbies as we film them beginning their off-grid life? Can you write up your own experiences and contact us? Or can you handle a video camera?Please send us your videos and photos - or feel free to write about yourself for the web site.
Do you rely on your own healing powers when you are ill? Or is there an unqualified nurse in your local community?
We want to hear from people who do their own doctoring - using their own herbs and remedies, setting their own broken bones, dealing with their own bodies.
Why do you do it? How do you do it? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Off-Grid.net is investigating the Utility companies --power, water and waste.
Do the water companies conceal their knowledge of the pollution of the water supply? Do the power companies conceal the wasted energy inside the system, and their excessive profits?
We need help to find the smoking guns: memos, SEC filings,confidential legal advice internal emails..... send to email@example.com. Anonymity guaranteed
Can you handle a video camera? Or a cellphone camera that can upload to our youtube channel?
We are looking for people who currently live off-grid anywhere in the world, and for people who want to live off-grid and are about to do so. This might be in a community or an individual situation
Please send us your videos and photos - you can upload videos on off-grid.net/videos - or feel free to write about yourself for the web site. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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